Teach English in Italy, Austria, and Germany Summer 2020

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English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
English Camp at the beach!
Craft day with my squad!
Craft day with my squad!
some tutors enjoying a wine tasting!
some tutors enjoying a wine tasting!
My 6 yr old class!
My 6 yr old class!

About

Teach English in wonderful cities throughout Italy and Austria during Summer 2020. It's the perfect summer job for students or recent graduates, especially in the fields of education or languages and/or who want to enhance their teaching experience. The English Camp Company, L.L.C. organizes English Summer Camps in Italy, Austria & Germany for 6-14 year olds. We offer an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere where children can use everyday English and improve their knowledge of the English language in a fun, relaxed summer camp environment.

Questions & Answers

Each tutor plans their own lessons based around topics in the books that we have at the camp. Each age level has a suitable level book.

Hi, thanks for stopping by! To be eligible to teach for this program you must be a Native English speaker. For additional eligibility questions we recommend reaching out to the program provider directly, which you can do here: https://www.theenglishcampcompany.com/contact-us

You can find the application form and requirements on this page on our website:

Reviews

99%
based on 38 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Facilities 9.8
  • Safety 9.9
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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Summer of a Lifetime

This past summer I had the most amazing opportunity to be a part of The English Camp Company. Traveling across the world to meet strangers and teach kids English could not have been a better experience because as soon as you meet them, they become family! In addition to having so many new connections with people, the host families do everything they can to make sure you experience their culture - even if you don't understand the language (I still talk to all of my host families!).
I worked at three ECC Camps as a Tutor for the Red Book group (the youngest, ages 6-7), and although you might not be able to understand them, they see your energy and that excites them to want to understand you. The ECC training was excellent at the beginning of the summer, and provided you a good foundation to help make you and the camps successful. I had amazing experiences getting to know the kids, we made every activity into an adventure.

This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and I am so fortunate that I was able to be a part of this program and the children's path to learn English!

(I am actually planning on going back to my host families in Italy this summer! I can't wait to see them again!)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
During one of my camps in Italy I stayed with a family who was heavily involved with the community. They had 3 kids (one who loved using my phone to take funny Snapchat selfies), almost every evening we did something different, and on the weekend we went to a waterpark over the mountain! The most memorable night I had with my host family was when they decided to take me to a pasta making night. This was not leisure either, it was 80 year old women making pasta so fast! The only time they would take a break is when they were waiting on the men to being them more to fold, and when they brought out more beer! When I first started I looked at the pasta and the filling like I had never seen something like it before, but after a few lessons I finally learned to connect the right corners and put the right amount of filling in so it would cook the right way. Within the first 30 minutes I had learned to make the pasta almost as fast as the beer drinking grandmothers. The whole community was gathered together to make hundreds of servings of pasta for an upcoming event and being a part of that was incredible!
My last camp I worked at was in Austria, it was so beautiful there! I stayed with a family who had 4 kids and lived on a farm, so cows and goats everywhere, I loved it! Both of my host parents worked (my mom was a veterinarian), so for the weekend another tutor's host family took 3 of us (tutors) on an amazing adventure! We ended up hiking up into an ice cave, it was chilly outside due to the elevation, but once inside the cave, we were freezing! I was actually planning on wearing shorts and sandals, but my host mom advised against so I bundled up. After hiking back down the mountain, hopping in the cars, and heading back to our town, one of the host families mentioned they knew a dairy farmer. Jumping at the opportunity, I asked if there was any way that I could milk a cow! They didn't think it was possible but after talking with the farmer when we got home, he happily allowed us 3 tutors in his SUV. Driving on an unmarked path, up a mountain with a loaded car is an experience all by itself, but once we got to the top, the ride was forgotten and the view became stunning! One of the host brothers showed us how to call the cows off the higher part of the pasture and how to corral into the milking area. Once inside the building, I happily said I would go first! After cleaning off their utters, I milked the cow, and attached the milking machine! Once the milk had been through a cleaning process and was chilled, we tasted it! It was the best milk I had ever tasted!
If you have any doubts whether you should apply, DO NOT HESITATE! Say yes to every opportunity! I would have never thought I would be making pasta with 80 year old beer drinking grandmothers or be milking a cow half way up a mountain, but it all happened, and I would not change a thing!
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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Summer of My Life

My summer spent working for the ECC was the most fun-filled, eye-opening and rewarding of my life! It started with an informative and interactive orientation week where the tutors became acquainted; we learned helpful teaching tips and what we could expect in the months ahead. It was so awesome being surrounded by such a kind, friendly, and energetic group of people who shared a passion for teaching, kids, and travel.

Each camp session is two weeks long, and for each session, you will be placed in a different small town in Italy and/or Austria, where you will be assigned a host family and group of tutors to work with. For me, the opportunity to teach in a classroom and work alongside others with solid teaching experience was novel and instructive. The wonderful thing about this program is the variety. Each session is unique to itself: filled with new experiences, opportunities, and people to meet. Each session will pose challenges and, at times, can be exhausting, however, with an open-mind and positive attitude, you will have an incredible experience.

One of the highlights of ECC for me was the people. From the host families to the other tutors, to the children I taught, I formed many wonderful and long-lasting friendships over the summer. The host families, in particular, were lovely and warmly welcomed me into their homes. Living with an Italian family gave me the most authentic experience possible, seeing things that many visitors would not be exposed to and eating home-cooked, delicious, local Italian dishes not offered in a restaurant. I equally loved getting to know the other tutors who were from around the world and had their own unique stories and perspectives to share. It was the connections that I made with the kids that was most fulfilling. I came to understand the impact I could have on others’ lives, regardless of language barriers. It was amazing for me to witness the improvement and love for English that many of the children developed over the course of each session.

Working for the ECC was a dream job, and an experience I will never forget. It combined all the things I love, and reminded me how much I enjoy travel, meeting new people, and working with kids. It helped me grow independently, strengthen my social skills and broaden my perspective on cultures and people. It taught me that the world is much bigger than my own life and experiences, and that I still have so much more to learn.

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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

THE ECC: A REVIEW

Last summer, I was blessed with the opportunity of working for the English Camp Company. If you've read some of the previous reviews, you've noticed by now that working for the ECC will lead you to have the best summer of your life. Words cannot describe my fantastic experience. I sometimes wonder to myself if any of it was real.
I choose to apply to the ECC because I wanted to try teaching abroad. As a future ESL educator, my degree allows me to teach English as a second language, both locally and internationally. I decided to work overseas to see if teaching abroad was a smart career path for me. It turns out that the ECC was better than I could have ever imagined.
A little more information about life at camp: I worked as a camp director at three camps. Each camp lasts two weeks, on the second Saturday with your host family, you move to your next camp. Living with host families is excellent, be mindful of their home and pack accordingly. One of my host families, made their daughters give up their room to lodge me. I was very thankful for their hospitality and generosity.
On the first Sunday of your new camp, you will meet with the new team of tutors and camp director. As a camp director, it was my job to get the supplies; the ECC provides a budget and has some necessary supplies at the camp location. Future camp directors, I highly suggest that you bring all the supplies that you can to your next camp.

Moreover, during this initial meeting, you will create your camp schedule based on a theme. I suggest you choose something that you and the tutors enjoy! As a camp director, you will have to create an Italian or Austrian version of the schedule, communicate with parents, and facilitate that everyone is safe and having a good time. At the end of each camp, there is a final show that the campers prepare with their tutors. The final show was one of my favourite activities at camp.

The ECC stood out to me for three reasons: the reviews, the accommodations, and the family atmosphere. Most, if not all, their reviews were positive. Which at first I thought was suspicious. However, the more reviews I read, the more I realized that the past tutors/camp directors were merely honest and genuine. After working for them, I can testify that working for the ECC is tremendously rewarding. It is the hardest I've worked while having the most fun!

The ECC is one of the few (if not the only) company that lodges you free of charge, pays you, pays for transportation between each camp, provides you with workbooks, activities, games, camp songs, and an easy to follow daily schedule. You will not get rich working for the ECC, but your life will be enriched.

During the camps, tutors/camp directors are hosted by one of the families whose child attends camp. This immersive family atmosphere helps with the cultural divide. Do not worry about being homesick, as your host family adopts you. I won the jackpot in the host family department. They treated me like I was their family; they showed me the sights and brought me on day excursions.

It's been 4 months and 22 days since I've come back from Italy and I can't wait to go back. Thanks to the ECC, I made friends worldwide, and my family has expanded. The experience I acquired did not only shape my professional career but has shaped me as a person.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me on Facebook (Victoria Matiz) to hear more or ask questions about this incredible experience.

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Marianick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I still can't get over it

I worked for the ECC as a Camp Director during the summer of 2019 for 6 weeks and they were the best 6 weeks I've had in my entire life. I had never traveled outside of the North-American continent (let alone traveled alone), so it was a very out-of-my-comfort-zone decision from my part, but I regret absolutely nothing. It was probably the best spur of the moment decision I've taken in my whole life. Working at an ECC summer camp isn't any regular job. Every single camp I worked in had a very dynamic atmosphere. The kids were all lovely and I got to meet some very bright minds. I also got to walk around beautiful towns in Italy, seen as I had to go buy supplies for camp quite regularly. I miss my early walks to the local stationery shop to get what I needed for the day. I looked forward to going to work every morning, even if, obviously, we had our small problems arise. It's not realistic to think that everything will go smoothly, but I actually think that that's what makes this experience so great. I grew so much as a person and I developed skills that I know will be an asset at any future job I have. Other than enjoying work, I think host families really seal the deal. I have never met people that are so open and welcoming as my 3 host families were. They all took me in as if I were there child and I was very soon integrated into family dinners, family outings, and meeting family friends. Were it to go to the beach, to supper, to an opera at a vineyard, or to a local festival, every single moment outside of camp I spent with them. They made being abroad way less scary, as they supported me and cared for me like I would have never imagined. Needless to say, it was quite painful to have to leave them after the 2 weeks were over. Every time we had to take a moment at the train station to cry it out and say good-bye. Not forever, however! I am actually still in touch with all three families and we keep each other updated, planning when we will see each other again.
To put all of my thoughts into a few words, this experience allowed for me to make incredible friendships that I will never forget, meet incredible families that I love as much as I love mine, work in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and eat as if there was no tomorrow. Hands down, the best experience of my life so far.

What was your funniest moment?
In one of the first mornings at my last host family's house, I woke up by a very abrupt knocking on the door. At first, I thought I was imagining it because no one in the house was reacting to it, but then I saw that the tutor who was staying with me also woke up, wondering what was happening. The more time went, the louder the knocking got. Then the phone rang multiple times, then the intercom also rung multiple times. It was a cacophony of the phone ringing, door knocking, and the intercom. This went on for a good 30 minutes (take into account it was 6 am) because neither I nor the other tutor knew what to do because no one else had woken up in the house. Eventually, she pushed me to answer the intercom, seen as I speak Italian. We both approached the door very slowly until I reached the intercom and asked who it was, only to find out it was our host dad! He had forgotten his suitcase and keys at home and he was in a rush to drive to Milan since he had a meeting to get to. That's why he was so violent about the knocking and ringing. He also tried calling our host mom but to no avail. We laughed about this incident for so long the whole 2 weeks we were with them. To this day, no one understands how our host mom and our host sister did not wake up through that half-hour of loud noise, and I and the other tutor still laugh about how absurd the whole situation was.
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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The dream job

I seriously can not recommend this company enough...I’ve worked with them for 2 years now and I’m hoping to return for a third! For anyone who likes working with children, getting to travel/live in another culture and making lifelong friends, this job is definitely for you. This previous summer, I did 6 camps with the company and I still don’t feel like it was enough!
Nate and Ashleigh are two of the greatest people ever and you are seriously looked after with this company. From start to finish, there is constant communication between you and they try their hardest to accommodate for everyone and make sure you have a great summer.
I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have had some of the experiences and opportunities this job gives you...I’ve been to places that I never would have though of visiting and my host families have taken me to do the most incredible activities.
And the best part is, if you like working with children then it barely feels like work because showing up to camp every day is such a pleasure. Camp can be a long and tiring day but every day, there is always at least one thing that makes it all worth it whether it’s one of your children finally speaking to you all day in English or a super fun afternoon activity! Due to the fact that no two camps are the same, every day is always so interesting and unique and you won’t believe how fast time flies by! Also, the friendships you make with other tutors will last for so much longer than just the summer, and a huge bonus is you make friends from so many different places that you always have someone to go and visit!
I can’t stress enough how special this company is...for a summer job, you won’t find another company that cares more than this, that works harder to give everyone involved the best experience or that gives you the summer of a lifetime. Big shoutout to everyone who works here for all they do, I can’t wait to return for another year!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Say yes to every opportunity...I can’t stress how important and not a cliche this is, you won’t believe the places it will take you! Also, when things get tiring or you get homesick, talk with the other tutors because the chances are, they’re going through exactly the same and they are 100% your biggest support system there. Finally, put away your phone and enjoy the summer. It won’t kill you to not constantly be on your phone for a month or two! Just live in the moment and appreciate the chance you have...go and talk with your host family or just take in the breathtaking sights with your eyes, not always a camera! The memories you make here will be so valuable and stay with you forever
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach English in Italy and Austria Summer 2019

This summer, I worked for ten weeks as a Tutor with the English Camp Company. I completed five two-week camp sessions, spending four weeks in Italy and six weeks in Austria.

Working with the English Camp Company was the most eye-opening, enriching, incredibly fulfilling, and life-changing opportunity that I have ever undertaken. Without a doubt, this was the best summer of my life. The English Camp Company exceeded my summer job expectations. My only regret is that the summer and my time as a tutor with the English Camp had to come to an end -

Thank you to the company co-founders/owners Ashleigh and Nate Poerio.

Ashleigh and Nate are the head of The English Camp Company. They hire the tutors and directors and greet them when they arrive in Italy for orientation. They are very kind, amiable, and caring individuals. Ashleigh and Nate run orientation training themselves. They make tutors and directors feel welcome and appreciated from the start. Throughout my entire summer experience, I felt entirely supported. Ashleigh and Nate were there to answer any questions or concerns that I had. Communication throughout the whole summer was nothing but excellent. Ashleigh and Nate work tirelessly to ensure that tutors, directors, campers, host families, and everyone involved have a positive summer camp experience. It is evident that they are incredibly passionate about the work that they do. I can't thank them enough for making my summer 2019 so memorable.

Tutors and directors attend a (very fun!) one-week intensive orientation where they meet other E.C.C staff and learn everything there is to know about the English Camp. English Camp orientation is well organized and in-depth. Tutors are placed into a multitude of different groups comprised of people that possess diverse experiences and personalities. In these groups, tutors work as a team to perform a variety of tasks and activities. As part of orientation, tutors and directors have the opportunity to complete a mock-camp day at a local primary school.

After orientation week, I felt confident and well prepared to go into my first day of English Camp.

Every two weeks, tutors and directors change camp locations and host families. No two places are the same, and often each different work location is with an entirely new group of people than the last. Therefore, each camp is incredibly unique and a new experience every time. The success of each camp is vital to the communication and cohesiveness of the staff. In this position, you are always collaborating with a team. You will meet amazing people from all over the world who will teach you so much and who will bring diverse ideas and viewpoints to the table.

Adaptability and flexibility are critical components of this position. Tutors are responsible for preparing English lessons for their class of children. In this position, tutors must continuously adapt and adjust to the different levels, needs, and interests of every student in their class at each different camp. English is taught through interactive games, songs, and activities. Creativity and enthusiasm are essential to making English learning exciting for the campers.

You will be amazed at how much your students will grow and become more confident in speaking English as the camp progresses. On Friday of the second week, your class will perform an original musical play (created by the tutor) for their parents. The most rewarding feeling in the world is watching your students nail the performance that they worked so hard on.

The relationships that you will form with your students are priceless. Saying goodbye at the completion of each camp will hurt every single time.

The English Camp Company places tutors and directors with Italian and Austrian host families. Most times, each staff member will have their own host family. Host families will go out of their way to make you feel at home and like a member of their family. They will take you to the coolest local places, show you amazing scenery that a tourist would miss, bring you to family events, and feed you some of the best authentic foods that you will ever taste. Host families are so excited to share everything there is to know about their culture with you and will want to learn about yours as well!

As an English Camp Tutor/Director, you will be working with youth Monday-Friday from 9-5. Additionally, you will be living with children from the camp in your homestay. This job can be demanding and tiring at points. You must genuinely love working with youth and bring that passion and energy to the job. If you are invested in the values of the program, it won't ever feel like work.

If you are seeking a fully immersive cultural experience that leaves you speechless, breaks your heart every time you have to leave a location, creates inseparable connections between you and individuals from all over the world, and changes you in all the best ways, this is the program for you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Show up to camp every day with a smile and give your all. Don't take yourself too seriously, be crazy, and most importantly, be yourself! The more silly that you are, the more that the kids will love you and think that you're the coolest human on the planet. Have a go-with-the-flow attitude. Always say YES to trying new things and be eager to gain new knowledge about the world. Show gratitude for the little things and persevere through any challenges you may encounter along the journey. :)
A lovely 10-hour layover in Dublin, Ireland
Tom
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Another Unforgettable Summer Dream Job With ECC part II

My 2nd Summer experience with The English Camp Company (ECC) ... Another Amazing Adventure!

I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to be able to come back and work with ECC. 2015 was my first year, fresh out of university and I was eager to experience an incredible teaching/travel program in southern Europe. Look no further than ECC! This summer I got to experience Italy and Austria, and both countries are so unique and amazing. You experience host families who offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Italian And Austrian culture. If you're looking for an resume booster, you won't be disappointed. You work people from all over the world, eat great food, and the sights.. breathtaking to say the least. This is an amazing organization that will send you to places you never thought imaginable.

Camp days are long! Please don't underestimate that statement. This is not the Summer for you to spend the day sitting around looking at your phone. There's so much you can teach the students, and much more that they can teach you. This job is for creative people who are energetic, enthusiastic, FLEXIBLE, patient, and have a passion for working with youth 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. It's very important to have multiple activities and games for your students. Don't forget that many of them spend all year in a classroom, so PLEASE get them up, out and moving around. Not only is this your summer vacation/job, but it's also their summer. There are so many resources available online that will help you. Remember that English is a second language to your students. It's imperative that you speak slow, and like the italians do best, use your hands and body when you explain anything, they will certainly appreciate that. Embrace your own culture and traditions. Use games and activities you played in your youth. Walk around your class and always check on individual progress. Bring stickers and candy if you can! You'll have many supplies at your camp, so for example, if you're teaching numbers to ages 6-8, find cards or something else creative to help your students. Some students are kinesthetic learners, others audio or visual. Do your best to use creative methods to teach lessons. Most camp days are HOT!! Always always always...bring plenty of water.
Remember the tutors you work with are all different ages and come from all over the world. A successful camp requires a team effort. You won't always agree or get along, and plans will change. But at the end of the day it's not just about you. Come to English Camp for the children first and foremost. You're in an absolutely beautiful country (Italy and Austria) and you are fortunate to work with amazing people.

Appreciate the time you have with your host families. They go out of their way to ensure you have a memorable experience. The food is amazing, the sights, breathtaking, and the people heartwarming.

Prepare for an awesome Summer. You will work hard, and be rewarded at the end of the day. I'm so glad I came back for another Summer with ECC. I wouldn't have applied to return if the management and communication weren't great, and they were!

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Gabby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best cultural immersion! I highly recommend

I originally came across this program when I was looking for an experience in Europe that was both affordable and culturally immersive. Little did I know how much I would grow and learn in such a small period of time with ECC. This was my first time travelling abroad to a different continent alone and I am really glad I did it to work with ECC. You get to meet fantastic people who are hungry to explore and learn. Please keep in mind that this is a job, and although it may seem like an adventure, it is still a paying job. Even though I was working, I had a blast. I recommend this opportunity to anyone who is flexible, adventurous, and really open to anything, but please do not be lazy. Working with children can be challenging if you have never experienced it before, and this is not a paid vacation. Keep in mind that if you are willing to give these kids a great time at camp during the day, you will have a lot of free time to explore real Italian towns with real Italian families. The owners of the camp are fantastic people who are very easy to communicate with. I am so glad I was blessed with this opportunity because it was easily the best summer of my life.

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Patricia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wholesome & Incredible Summer Experience

Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who wanted to have an impact on kids and travel in a meaningful way as well as being welcomed with open arms by incredible host families... I could not even begin to explain how much of a positive impact that this wholesome experience had on me!!!! IT WAS THE ABSOLUTE BEST. Doing something like this teaches you about people. It reminds you that time means nothing with regards to how close you can get to someone. It shows you that even with a language barrier, communication can exist and that you can still form a connection with another person.

Overall, it was incredible to have people make you feel so at home wherever you are. As an example, since we were located in very small villages and towns, tourists were nowhere to be found. Therefore, people were so excited to meet me wherever I went and to learn about my life in Canada and who I was as a person. These strangers went miles out of their way to ensure I felt safe, comfortable and was happy being there. I’m so thankful for all of these individuals who have become family in such a short time frame. Plus, the teachers were so lovely and we all shared so many beautiful memories together. I recently went to California for a reunion with some of the people that I met... it's only been 6 months til we seen each other last aha!

I shed so many tears while here because I was so grateful and happy. The world feels a bit smaller and just brought me so much joy to share parts of my life with people across the world from where I live and for them to do the same with me. Gosh, and everyone’s food was so INCREDIBLE! Another thing to be so thankful for!

I highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an open mind and an adventurous spirit!

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Evie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a life time

I am extremely grateful for the amazing opportunity I was given in 2018 as camp councillor in both Italy and Austria. Honestly, it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Firstly, the compassion and dedication of Nate and Ashley is amazing. They pour their heart and soul into the camps to ensure both the kids and tutors are left with positive experiences. It must be so much work and a huge commitment but they are have the perfect amount of energy and enthusiasm for the job!! Upon arriving in Assisi for orientation I was slightly nervous as I had no idea what to expect. I was quickly reassured at how amazing this opportunity would be the second I met Ashley and Nate and the other tutors.

One of the things that make this program so unique is the opportunity to stay with host families! I had some amazing experiences which ranged from eating delicious gelato to attending a concert in the Austrian alps! The families I was with were so welcoming and caring and quickly became home. They allow you to see a side of the country that isn't experienced as easily by tourists.

Working with kids may be hard work at times especially as you have the language barrier which may make it hard to communicate. But if you have positivity and enthusiasm the kids will really enjoy that and you can have so much fun mucking around and playing games with them.

Lastly, I am so grateful for the connections I have made with the other tutors. So many of them I would call lifelong friends and I am still in contact with them. They are by your side every day and quickly become more like family. It isn't every day that you have the chance to work alongside people whose passions and energy motivate and inspire you to strive for any goals you may have.

If you are thinking of applying for this program I would seriously recommend you go for it. Not because every day will be easy (because it can be exhausting some days) but it will be incredibly worth it. Even if you are tired remember where you are. Because it'll go by in the blink of an eye, and before long you'll be wishing you were back in the beautiful Italy and Austria.

What would you improve about this program?
If anything I'd recommend having some experience in the area of teaching. It isn't essential and many of us weren't teachers (myself included) but it can definitely come a long way, especially with keeping the kids engaged with what you're teaching.
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Alyssa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Favorite Summer Ever!

Spend the best summer of my life working at TECC! Camp directors were amazing! Other tutors were amazing! Host brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers really take you in as family and provide you with everything you may need! Camp is so much fun. I loved having my own classroom to make fun lessons. The afternoon activities were a riot as well. Honestly, an amazing experience and I recommend all to apply! The final shows are so much fun to write and to direct. The kids love making costumes and rehearsing all week to show their parents how much English they have learned. When you apply, make sure to be completely honest, prepared, and ask loads of questions! It is a once and a lifetime opportunity and you will never regret this decision. I was so nervous traveling on my own, but by the time you leave you will be a professional at taking trains, and using your hands to communicate to the locals!

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Ishmael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Summer!

I went into the program not knowing anyone and traveling alone for the first time. It was amazing from day one. The tutors were all awesome! Nate and Ashleigh were some of the nicest people ever and it was a pleasure working for them. I had amazing host families at every camp i was sent to. Life with host families was new to new but they all immediately made me feel welcome and like one of the family members from day one. When you leave its like leaving your parents. The food was also amazing both in Italy and Austria, whenther your host families cooked, ordered takeout, or went out to restaurants. I made some lifelong connections along the way. Teaching the Italian and Austrian kids was also a blast. They were all lively and excited about camp. I also had amazing directors who were on top of it. If there were ever any problems, the directors, Ashleigh, or Nate were always quick to solve them. The weeks flew by and before I knew it, camp was over. I'm definitely applying next year!

What would you improve about this program?
As long as you're open to change and adventure, everything will run smoothly. Only apply if you really like kids. While the entire experience is amazing, at the end of the day you're working with children and at times work can be hard.
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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best summer of my life

I have to start by saying that Nate and Ash Poerio are without a doubt two of the nicest people I've ever met. Having not known them at all before this experience, they were not only amazing bosses but vital resources and great friends. I entirely expect to visit and catch up with them in the future. They are genuinely good people and do whatever they can to help. Since I was a director at three camps and a tutor at one, I was able to see how hard they work to ensure the summer goes smoothly for tutors, directors, host families, and of course, campers. I can only describe the work they do with the most positive superlatives.

Every single one of my host families was sweet as could be, adorable, and did anything and everything within their power to ensure I was having the best time. Of the four I stayed with, I keep in frequent contact with three of them, and message one of them at least once a week. I even plan on visiting them in the winter. The only unfortunate part of being in a host family is having to leave them, which I promise is a much harder thing to do than you can imagine. I really felt like I was part of the family after my time with each one.

While I had no idea what I was getting into this summer, I never thought it would be as all-around great as it was. I got to fall back in love with a country I adore and its people then explore one I don't know nearly as well from a local perspective, all the while teaching adorable kids and making sure they had a great summer. I don't know that there is a better job in the world.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me on Facebook (Andrew Boas) to hear more or ask questions about this truly incredible experience.

What would you improve about this program?
If anything, I think the only way to improve your summer on this program is to make sure you really take advantage of all the possibilities and fun activities your host family presents. Never decline to do something if you're tired or just uninterested, I promise it's far more rewarding to participate!
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience!

What an incredible opportunity! I have made so many connections and relationships with people from all over the world. I am so grateful to have worked with so many like-minded, fun loving tutors. And on top of meeting my incredible coworkers, the experience of living with host families was life changing. I'm so happy to say that I have made life long friends and "family". Only a few weeks have passed since camp ended, but I'm still in constant contact with my families! Having very little teaching experience before this was not an issue. I was able to work with the youngest and the oldest kids who brought forth lots of energy, eagerness and excitement. Many thanks to Nate and Ashleigh who were beyond helpful the whole time!
As I saw in a review below, you get what you give. Please give this job your all and show your families, kids, and tutors respect. If you do so, you're going to LOVE this job!

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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

FUN SUMMER

I loved this experience because I love adventure, kids, and meeting new people! I am a kid at heart so being a camp counselor is perfect for me to let out my goofy side. Orientation was great getting to know all the other tutors and well prepared me for camp. The host families were all amazing! They took me to different festivals, dinners, and towns! I really felt at home with my host family and loved getting to learn their life story and be a role model for the kids. Camp was crazy and fun!! I had the 6 year olds and they were all hugging me from the second they learned I was their teacher. Nate and Ashleigh were super kind and easy talk to you. If you have an open mind, easy going spirit, child-like heart, and are ready to take on a new culture, work hard, and travel around Italy- this experience is for you!! You get out what you put in! :)

What would you improve about this program?
I loved how the program was run!